Harry Potter in Scotland: 9 Scottish locations Harry Potter fans will love

It may have been a decade since the release of the last Harry Potter movie, but the popular franchise continues to captivate fans young and old, with the the films still watched back-to-back and the books read cover-to-cover.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 6:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 12:41 pm
These nine areas of Scotland are absolute 'must do's' for Harry Potter.

The recent explosion of TikTok has seen numerous fans of the franchise lauding over some popular Scottish locations, proclaiming the sights to ‘be straight out of a Harry Potter movie’.

Many of the most well-known scenes from the movies were actually filmed across the country. In fact, you can even buy a flat ‘located in’ Diagon Alley nowadays.

And while you can’t actually play Quidditch, drink butterbeer or jump on the back of a Hippogriff, you can certainly still take in the magic of Harry Potter by visiting these breathtaking Scottish sights.

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The third film in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was partly filmed in Glencoe, with Torren Lochan used as the setting for Hagrid’s Hut, with a replica hut built beside it. While the hut is now gone, the scenery is still able to be enjoyed.

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Another location used as a background in the Harry Potter movies is Loch Shiel. People often visit due to its frequent use as the backdrop for Harry and his friends trips on the Hogwarts Express.
Rannoch Moor is one of the more scenic views on The Jacobite steam train, and was used to play the menacing location where the death eaters board the train in the first instalment of the Deathly Hallows.
The much-loved Jacobite Steam Train had some of its carriages used in the Harry Potter films and has became a 'must-do' on the list of many fans of the films.
Haunting, yet stunning, Greyfriars is a well known cemetery in the capital that was said to have be a huge inspiration for Harry Potter. It is known that that the graveyard was where J.K. Rowling came up with the name of one the book's greatest villains. Within the graveyard you can find the real Tom Riddle, with a gravestone marked for Thomas Riddell Esquire.
Awe-inspiring waterfalls, and the second tallest in the UK at 120 metres. It can be seen in the background of a Quidditch match, while it also appears in the Goblet of Fire film.
One of the most popular streets in Edinburgh is said to be the real life inspiration for the famous Diagon Alley so often seen across the Harry Potter films. Magical.
Although it has never been admitted to, the location of Harry Potter's famous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is said to be based on George Heriot's School in Edinburgh.
Eilean na Moine and Loch Eilt is the scene Dumbledore’s final resting place, while also is seen when Voldemort steals the Elder wand in the foreboding final scene of first installment of The Deathly Hallows.